Addressing initiative OpenAddressCommunity

Welcome to the OpenAddressCommunity!
This page serves as a space where postal regulators, designated operators and academics can share their experiences and expand their knowledge of different approaches to carrying out addressing projects.

Join the initiative and help ensure governments and regional authorities put everyone on the map with an address. Share your proposals, ideas, cases and studies related to addressing with the OpenAddressCommunity by writing us.

Case Studies

"El amanecer del barrio" [The awakening of the neighbourhood] - Uruguay

Produced by: Passaparola and Correo Uruguayo

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This documentary illustrates the processes and results of an alternative work model. In this model, a group of women from the neighbourhoods of Torres, Gringo Lagos and 25 de Agosto, Tacuarembó, Uruguay, have joined together to contribute to their community by numbering their houses and naming their streets, together with the NGO Cardijn, and the Municipal government.

"Denmark is allocating addresses in areas that currently do not have them"

Published by the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs

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Although Denmark has some of Europe's most precise addresses there are still locations without addresses and these can be difficult to get to. For this reason, Denmark is allocating addresses in areas that do not currently have them. This will make it easier to find the way in emergencies. Denmark's experience provides an example of the significant benefits to society of a well-formed addressing system.

Winning proposals from the Addressing solution design challenge

In 2014, the UPU's Addressing solution design challenge inspired new actors to come up with innovative solutions that can tackle the problems caused by a poor addressing system. The authors of the three best proposals (described below) were able to present their solutions to the 2015 Global Addressing Conference.

Denmark - Unique cooperation secures addresses for everyone in Denmark

Author: Nina Munkstrup, Project manager, The Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs.

National authorities and municipalities across Denmark have joined forces to solve a demanding task: creating a single unified high-quality register covering all the addresses in Denmark that citizens, companies and authorities can use easily and free of charge. This paper presents the implementation methods applied, their costs, results and perspectives. It also discusses whether they can be recommended for widespread use in building more complete address systems.

South Africa – Preparedness through addresses in augmented reality

Author: Serena Coetzee and Victoria Rautenbach, Centre for Geoinformation Science (CGIS), Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria.

Many rural areas of Africa are without an address infrastructure: there are no street signs, no house numbers, and an intricate web of footpaths connects dwellings to each other. This paper presents a proposal for a mobile application that augments the live view of dwellings with address information. Addresses are assigned to dwellings identified on a satellite image in a geographic information system (GIS).

Trinidad and Tobago – Address improvement and postal code implementation project

Author: Farah Hosein, GIS Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation.

The Address improvement and postal code project is a combined initiative adopted by the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation in order to implement the S42 Address Standard. Although the project has been successful there was no manual in the initiation stages of this project and all material presented below is sourced from first-hand experience with working on the project through its many successes and failures until a methodology was finalized that would cover all grounds and adequately provide the best solution to the postal challenge which the twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago has been faced with.